Mrs. ThomasEna (“Tommie”) Lankford of Sunset Avenue, Louisburg, died at midnight, Thursday, May 18, 2006, in Rex Hospital, Raleigh, surrounded by her children. Mrs. Lankford, the only child of the late Thomas A. Gandy and Irene (“Ena”) Hendley Gandy, was born in Wadesboro, North Carolina on December 1, 1920.
The Louisburg Council is requiring organizations to pay to have fund-raisers in town. After the 5-2 vote on Monday, non-profit organizations and associations must get a $10 temporary zoning permit to host a fund-raiser in the City Limits.
SPEECHLESS. The Strawberry Festival on Friday morning at the opening of the county Farmers’ Market in Louisburg left many people, including Ethan Wrenn, above, sweetly speechless as they sampled local berries, cakes, pies, jellies and homemade strawberry ice cream. See the May 24 edition for a complete list of contest winners
As county commissioners and school board members prepare for a May 23 meeting to discuss school facility needs and funding, work is also under way in Raleigh. State Sen. Doug Berger plans to introduce legislation next week that would allow all 100 counties to institute a sales tax for school construction.
The Franklin County Tourism Development Authority plans to use the Tar River Festival as its coming out party. The authority agreed to spend no more than $600 for a tent, table and other equipment it will need to outfit a booth at the June 3 festival in downtown Louisburg.
The county’s Airport Authority agreed to move forward with plans to address security while reviewing the contract with the current security provider.
Airport Director Leigh Osborn told authority members that there are holes in the airport’s safety measures, including the fact that its camera system cannot zoom in on the license plate numbers of those entering gates and the entry gate system itself needs an upgrade.
President Randy Parker of Vance-Granville Community College will be the featured guest on NC PEOPLE on UNC-TV this weekend. Parker will be interviewed by William Friday, retired University of North Carolina president, on the program that airs on the statewide public TV network.
The Louisburg High School band will put on its “Turn of the Century” concert on Saturday at the Franklin County Court House in Louisburg. The 11th consecutive concert begins at 6 p.m. and will feature traditional music.
Back in March 2004, I introduced the readers of The Franklin Times to a very interesting and innovative club organized at Edward Best Elementary School.
This Amigos’ Club helps students cope with difficulties or provides guidance to children with social or cultural adjustments.
Cattie Reinoso (English as a second language teacher) and Ann Williamson (counselor) are the advisers of the Amigos’ Club, composed of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders of Edward Best Elementary.
The majority of the students are of Hispanic descent, which makes it easier to help the group to form a sense of identity.
LOUISBURG — During a pre-game ceremony, Louisburg High baseball coach Al Bolton honored his talented trio of seniors -- Tyler Phelps, Christian Daniel and Jason Joyner. As part of his speech, Bolton recalled how the current senior class has enjoyed its share of postseason success.
PLANT CITY, FLA. -- After being seeded No. 16 in a 16-team format, most onlookers didn’t expect much from the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament.
LOUISBURG -- A circular driveway between the school auditorium and the softball field provided a makeshift area for Louisburg High to practice its relay handoffs Thursday afternoon. LHS needed to hone its handoffs, as Friday was going to be a busy day for the school’s relay squads.
When he accepted the men’s basketball coaching position at Louisburg College last month, Aaron Denton stressed the importance of having a big first scholarship signee.
Actually, Denton’s initial signing proved to be a Little one. Not that it should matter to Denton -- or any LC hoops fan.
ROCKY MOUNT -- North Carolina Wesleyan College, fueled by a strong pitching performance from Bunn High graduate Kyle Robertson, was two outs away from nabbing a victory Thursday over Bridgewater in the second round of the NCAA Division III Baseball South Regional Tournament at Bauer Field on the NCWC campus.
The Louisburg Town Council said it supports the Police Department in improving safety along Bickett Boulevard.
Police Chief Rick Lassiter has proposed asking that the state Department of Transportation install a median along the town’s main thoroughfare to limit left turns on the four-lane road.
Another joint meeting about schools’ facilities funding is set for May 23.
The Louisburg Town Council adopted a memorandum of understanding Monday night, taking an organizational step that should help guide a paddle trail project.
Two weeks before the nation takes a day to honor its veterans, the Franklin Rifles honored the Confederate dead.
The Rifles, a camp of Sons of Confederate Veterans, had a service to commemorate Confederate Memorial Day at Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg on Saturday.
The Franklin Times has a new intern.
Brett Sherrick of Youngsville will be working with the Times for the summer, reporting on news and sports.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of a three-part series about the International Whistlers’ Convention - “What is its Future in the County?” The convention is typically this time of year but was not put on this year due to an overload of associated responsibilities for organizers and planners. The convention will be in 2007, and the Franklin County Arts Council hopes to keep the event in Louisburg. Part I was published in the May 3 edition; Part II was published in the May 10 edition.)
Area residents and visitors will be treated to a tour of the county’s farms and craft stops this weekend.
FRANKLINTON - Alonza L. “Lonnie” Blackley, 91, died Saturday, May 13, 2006 in a Henderson hospital.
WARRENTON - Funeral services for Mrs. Rachel Richardson, 80, who died Friday, May 12, 2006, were conducted Tuesday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial followed in the St. James Richardson family cemetery.
MIDDLESEX - Rachel Inez Jeffreys Crater, 67, of 13543 Burgess Rd., Middlesex, a resident of the Rocky Cross Community, went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Sunday, Mother’s Day at 7:30 pm, after spending a wonderful weekend with her cherished family. Inez had fought a courageous battle with Lung Cancer since November 2003.
RALEIGH- Regional time. State time. Prime time.
During her storied career at Bunn High School, senior distance runner Tria Metzler has developed a well-earned reputation as a clutch performer who excels during the highest-level meets.